Win Passes to the First Great Canadian Cheese Festival!

1 May

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In a country where agriculture and food production are so central to our identity, it’s no surprise that Canada is home to some amazing cheese producers. Those of us in southern Ontario have easy access to some of the best of Canadian cheese, from Ontario producers such as Fifth Town, Best Baa, Thunder Oak and Monteforte. But the provinces to the east and west of us are also home to some great cheeses, from the likes of Bothwell in Manitoba and  La Fromagerie du Presbytère in Quebec, whose Louis D’or was named Grand Champion at the 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

While we’ve always had a wide array of great cheeses, we haven’t had an event focused solely on Canada’s artisan cheesemakers and their products – until now. The first Great Canadian Cheese Festival will take place June 4-5, 2011 in Picton, Ont. The festival is the brainchild of journalist, blogger and cheese lover Georgs Kolesnikovs (whose comments you might remember from our recent post celebrating Grilled Cheese Month).

Georgs Kolesnikovs
Great Canadian Cheese Festival founder Georgs Kolesnikovs

Georgs and his team have put together a great fesitval lineup, and they’ve given us a pair of passes to give away the Cheese Fair and Artisan Food Market taking place June 5 in Picton as part of the festival. If you’d like to win, keep reading to find out how.

First, back to that great lineup. Here’s a look at what the Great Canadian Cheese Festival has planned:

  • Those who are in Picton on the Friday before the festival, June 3, canjoin a cheese tour to see the process of cheesemaking in action, from seeing the cows produce the milk to the tasting the finished product.
  • A schedule of cheese-focused educational seminars and tutored cheese tastings is the focus on Saturday, June 4.
  • That evening, the Cooks & Curds Cheese Gala will feature great chefs from across Canada – including Toronto’s Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Rose from the Drake Hotel, Craig Flinn of Chives Canadian Bistro in Nova Scotia and Michael Blackie of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre – who will each cook dishes featuring Canadian cheese. Canadian wineries and breweries will be on hand to pour their products as well.
  • Sunday, June 5 is the Cheese Fair and Artisan Food Market, where a growing list of Canadian cheesemakers and artisan food producers will be sampling their products, and a variety of wineries and breweries will again be providing drink samples.

Each event on the Great Canadian Cheese Festival’s schedule is separately ticketed. Click here if you’d like to purchase tickets to any of the events mentioned above.

If you’d like to win two passes to the Cheese Fair and Artisan Food Market from Communal Table, here’s what you need to do:

  1. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite cheese is.
  2. For a bonus entry, visit Communal Table’s Facebook page, click LIKE, and then leave a comment on our wall letting us know you’d like to win the passes. NOTE: You MUST enter by leaving a comment on this post first before taking advantage of the bonus entry.

Entries will be accepted until midnight next Saturday, May 7, and we’ll announce a winner on Sunday, May 8. Good luck!

Photos courtesy of The Great Canadian Cheese Festival and Georgs Kolesnikovs.

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13 Responses to “Win Passes to the First Great Canadian Cheese Festival!”

  1. Hedy Korbee May 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Being asked to pick your favourite cheese is kind of like being asked to pick your favourite child — a tough, if not impossible task! Since the cheese festival is in Prince Edward County, I’ll follow their tradition of keeping it local and choose Bedda Feda from the remarkable Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. The best greek salad I ever had was made entirely with local produce grown by the farmers of the County…and Bedda Feda. Thanks for letting me know about the cheese festival!

  2. Emilie Hudson May 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Working at a cheese shop has given me unparralled access to many wonderful Canadian cheeses. I always say my favourite is Mont Jacob, but Bleu Elizabeth, Riopelle, Baluchon and Avonlea Cloth Bound are all close to my heart. I’m so glad this festival is happening and really hope it becomes an annual shindig.

  3. Brandi Lee May 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    We LOVE Fifth Town Nettles Gone Wild!

  4. Donna K May 2, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    That’s a tough question. I too love Fifth Town Cheese and my favourite is a tie between Lighthall Tomme and Fellowship. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway!

  5. Suzanne May 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Great idea… especially since my answer changes every week.

    This week, on the international front – it is Ireland’s Cashel Blue

    This week in Canada – it is Monforte Dairy’s Indiscretion

    Here’s hoping I win!

    • Sandra B May 3, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      How can one choose just ONE cheese? If pressed to narrow it down, the first that comes to mind is Thunder Oak aged gouda. Here’s to all things with cheese! (I put it on my oatmeal…..seriously).

  6. Jay Burnett May 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Smoked gouda well smopked any cheese actually well any cheese really!

  7. Karen Mwachikobe May 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I just waited two years for my husband to be able to come to Canada from Tanzania and he had NEVER TASTED CHEESE IN HIS LIFE !!!!! I hooked him with Cambozola (one of my favorites)and now we spend our time exploring markets and new cheeses! BTW “Cheesie” is a Swahili word (“chizi”) and it means CRAZY. We are both Chizi for cheese !!!

  8. Jessica Caron May 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Brie!

  9. Riann Horan May 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Despite being lactose intolerant, cheese is the one food I could never dream of living without! I doubt that could ever pick a favourite overall cheese. I’ll just say that my favourite cheese that I’ve had this week and that’s Saint-Andre triple creme. Oh so creamy and delicious!

  10. Ugogurl May 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    There is no one cheese because it is all good, all varieties, all flavours… but I’ll go with Feta.

  11. Shelley Robinson May 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I love all Cheese! Cheese please for me! – but if pressed any fine strong aged Cheddar from one of our fine Ontario producers like Black River.

  12. where to buy cheese curds August 1, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Growing up in Wisconsin, I’ve always been fascinated with any food that has cheese on it. We just had our festival last June 2014. I wish I can visit this place as I also read that there are lots of wonderful cheese producers in Canada. My top cheese faves are Parmesan and Mozzarella but Taleggio and Super-aged gouda are also a must-try.

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